Hypnotic, minimal jazz trio bring their latest album ‘Floa’ to Brightons favourite new creative establishment. For fans of Gogo Penguin, Steve Reich and Cinematic Orchestra.
The bassless line up might suggest some kind of chamber jazz but instead the music of Mammal Hands is unexpectedly rhythmic, dynamic and exciting and reflects the trio’s interests in electronic, contemporary classical and world music. These include Barrett’s knowledge of Indian rhythms learned during his studies with tabla master Sirishkumar, Nick Smart’s love of minimalist composers Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich and Jordan’s immersion in the different sound worlds of DJ culture and the spiritual jazz of Pharaoh Sanders. For this second outing they have added Sufi and African trance music plus the folk music of both Ireland and Eastern Europe to their range of influences. Like one time label mates GoGo Penguin Mammal Hands create thoroughly contemporary music that has the potential to appeal to a wide range of listeners including adventurous fans of both dance and rock music.
The group very much set their stall out on their début and “Floa” finds them honing their approach in a convincing and increasingly confident manner.
Tickets available from The Rose Hill & Resident Records